*the character Gomer Pyle, played by Jim Nabors, Hawaii resident and one time Macadamia nut farmer on Maui. He has also visited Taveuni, Fiji. (Well, I had to make some island connections to this story.)
The Lovenstein Institute of Scranton, Pennsylvania does studies of the IQ (and other attributes) of American presidents. Their assessments are based on each president's scholarly achievements, writings that they alone produced without aid of staff, their ability to speak with clarity, and several other psychological factors which are then scored in the Swanson/Crain system (whatever that is) of intelligence ranking. Here are their estimates for the IQs of the last twelve men to hold the office:
147 Franklin D. Roosevelt (D)
132 Harry Truman (D)
122 Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)
174 John F. Kennedy (D)
126 Lyndon B. Johnson (D)
155 Richard M. Nixon (R)
121 Gerald R. Ford (R)
176 James E. Carter (D)
105 Ronald W. Reagan (R)
98 George H. W. Bush (R)
182 William J. Clinton (D)
91 George W. Bush (R)
They claim an accuracy within 5 points. Only one president has revealed his personal IQ. That was Jimmy Carter at 175 points.
Maybe no big surprises here, except I was a little surprised that W scored as high as he did. Shazam!
Full story is here: The Lovenstein Institute
UPDATE: I have discovered that this story is a hoax. I don't feel so bad for falling for it as so did the Observer newspaper in the UK as well as Gary Trudeau. The sad part is that it was so believable. So, I have decided to leave this post up. If anyone has a problem with that, prove to me that the commander in thief has an IQ of over 91 and I'll retract it.
You just have to laugh. As the Dalai Lama said when asked why he is always smiling: "would it help if I cried?"